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Arlington, VA | Arlington County

August 11, 2014

My child was 113 on the lottery, got bumped up to 70 then 20 then I found out the VPI which gets the first 20 spots doesn't verify income so you can just sign up for VPI and be assured one of the first 20 spots.

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May 17, 2014

We transferred here from another public school, but have also experience from a private school. Our two children love ATS, and we are very pleased. It is excellent academically, but what we most appreciate is the focus on character and international atmosphere. Students are for example actively involved in helping their sister school in Uganda. It is worth trying the lottery.

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January 17, 2014

ATS is a wonderful school that emphasizes a very structured and positive learning environment for the students. The staff and teachers are excellent, very dedicated, hard working and committed to the community. The turnover rate among staff and teachers seems to be very low and there is a great sense of community and loyalty to the institution among the families. When we were told that our daughter had a spot in the kindergarten class, we thought we won the jackpot. Now our son is in kindergarten at ATS and our daughter is in 2nd grade-we still feel like we won jackpot.

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August 11, 2013

I just graduated and I miss this school. Along with being great it has a lot of fun activities you can get involved in. You are a lot of time in one classroom but you have awesome teachers with you! I like it because there is an assembly every Friday where you learn about other cultures or find out news about upcoming events. They also have a GREAT music department. Every 4th and 5th grader has to be in the chorus and participates in band or chorus. I love the concerts!

June 14, 2013

ATS is a wonderful school. It took us about two years to get in from the lottery wait list, but it was worth the wait. Excellent visual art and music programs. We have been very pleased.

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May 17, 2013

Drew Model School. Love montesorry program in this school. My child is so happy and I can see her improvement.

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September 30, 2011

ATS is a great school, but it isn't for everyone. And that is what makes it so special. The unifying force at ATS is not only the principal, awesome though she is. It is instead the fact that every student at ATS has parents who choose to send their child to ATS and who believe that education and involvement are important. In terms of skin color and ethnic origin ATS is quite diverse, but the emphasis on learning that comes from every home is not diverse at all; we all believe in it or we wouldn't send our kids here. So if you don't believe that academic achievement is important, ATS is not for you. If you don't believe that character and respect are important, ATS is not for you. And if you re hoping that anyone will, or should, have a soft spot for your low-achieving "darling" at ATS, think again. It's not that kind of school. This is a school where smart kids, even REALLY smart kids, can achieve and not be held back by constant focus on the lowest common denominator. ATS is a stunning achievement, basically a high-performing private school in the public system. If your child is up to the task - and they don't have to be brilliant, just motivated - there is no better school.

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February 21, 2011

Excellent focus on academics, good character and bring part of the community. Strong academics and parental involvement.

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September 25, 2009

My son started school (Pre-K and K) at an exclusive, very expensive private school in Bethesda, Maryland. We were extremely pleased with the school, but because of the expense began looking at public schools. We live in the Jamestown school district, but were only marginally impressed with the school during the tour. We toured ATS and were very excited. My son got in to ATS from the lottery. The principal, Holly Hawthorne, is phenomenal. It is obvious that her vision of the school extends to her selection of the faculty and their teaching of the students. We are confident that our son is getting as good, if not better, education at ATS than the private school he previously attended. ATS puts a lot of emphasis on core values and academic performance. Although it is a structured and formal environment (dress code and strict behavior), it is executed with spirit and enthusiasm.

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September 23, 2009

Our 2 daughters currently attend ATS. We absolutely love it. The previous comment about lack of diversity at ATS is preposterous. Last year, our younger daughter's kindergarten class was one of the most exceptionally diverse classrooms I have ever seen. There were children from all over the world - there were children of Korean, Chinese, Japanese, African (Ugandan), Hispanic, and Indian descent. It was incredible. I love how parents of kids at Barrett say how 'diverse' their school is because it is over 50% hispanic. Is that really diverse?

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August 2, 2009

Not any better than any other Arlington school. My child went to another APS school then transfered to ATS, should have kept her where she was. Very overreated. A bit too much for our family

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July 30, 2009

My son completed 5th grad this June at ATS. He transferred after Kindergarten. He had transferred from the Spanish immersion program at Claremont. While I regret ATS does not offer a consistent second language cirriculum, I believe, for my son, ATS was the better choice. He responded well the the structure and the wonderfully positive atmosphere that the staff creates everyday at ATS. The principal has done and continues to do an excellent job leading her school community in every sense. I also want address a criticism that is posted in earlier remarks on this board about the preceived lack of diversity. I believe for the 2008-09 school year ATS mirrored Arlington at large with about a 40% non-white population. I highly recommend this school.

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February 10, 2008

We are greatful that our now fifth grade son has attended ATS. He has had excellent teachers throughout. He has benefitted from the school's high expectations for academic performance and for behavior/character. ATS fosters a positive environment where children learn kindness and respect for one another as well as toward their teachers. When we attend school assemblies or visit the classroom we are amazed at how the students listen with respect and support their peers, and it is not because of strictness, but because of the positive culture of ATS. ATS encourages creativity. Our son is never going to be famous for art or singing, yet he has received the utmost respect and encouragement for his efforts. There are many opportunities for parent involvement. The school's success is very much a result of the principal's vision, dedication, and talent as an administrator.

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December 3, 2007

If academica is what you are looking for then look no further. This ia a good cross section of arlington kids who just happen to have parents that really care. If you want positive peer pressure that should make your child want to go to school ATS is for your family. The window to apply is narrow--watch out! my daughter enjoyed the science fair since 3rd grade every year- some elementary schools do not have any at any grade. Her desire to play the clairnet was helped because everyone else in also imvolved We wish that all Arlington schools could perform as well. This is a treasure that needs to stay that way.

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July 28, 2007

My child went to ATS before. Then she transferred to our neighborhood school because we were told by a friend that our neighborhood school is very good in quality. We were wrong. What our friend told us is totally misleading. ATS is superior and unparalleled in quality in Arlington. It is impossible to compare every facet between ATS and our neighborhood school. Just take my words, and you will never regret. I would give it a 5 star in every respect except for 4.5 for parent involvement.

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